Gauguin; Monet; Van Gogh; Perspective
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Until now, secondary schools seeking books on artists and the major art movements haven't had much choice between expensive, scholarly volumes purchased only for the sake of their colour-plates or slim introductory monographs featuring a few major paintings and texts which do little to stimulate further interest.
Harassed teachers and librarians desperately seeking attractive, affordable material to support the recently introduced Art National Curriculum need look no further than these first four titles in Dorling Kindersley's new 'Eyewitness Art' series.
The volumes dealing with individual painters contain a fascinating mix of biographical detail, information about contemporary artists and movements as well as commentary on their own developing styles, presented chronologically in the form of double-page spreads.
In the slightly more technical, but equally illuminating narrative in Perspective we are guided through the development of the theory with examples of selected artists' work, from the Renaissance to the Surrealists and Pop Art.
We have come to expect high quality colour photograhy from this publisher, but with these titles they have excelled themselves. Not only are paintings superbly reproduced (the brushstrokes in some of the Van Gogh pictures are palpable), but small areas of some pictures have been 'put under the microscope' so that we can see the techniques used by individual artists.
This series should prove invaluable in promoting a knowledge and understanding of influential artists and assessing the contributions they have made.